SAM Bradford is done as an NFL QB. He’s never been great, but he’s been abysmal this season. Still there were some fans who wanted to make it seem like he was blameless. They even went as far as putting together a film of all of his attempts vs the Falcons to prove it.
Funny thing is, looking at film and breaking down film are two different things. Not knowing the difference is why what they actually did was expose Bradford. They showed the world that he’s done as a pro, by accidentally showing the world that he’s still afraid for his left leg. Terrified actually.
Now give me twenty minutes and I’ll make you a better football fan for the rest of your life.
I did an article recently on whether or not his knee would hold up. I invited my readers to stand up and throw an imaginary football while paying attention to their plant leg. (If you didn’t see that article you’ll want to throw that imaginary pass now to get on the same page with the rest of your fellow fans, and before reading further.)
Now that we’re all up to speed, below is the 7 minute film those fans made that contains all 52 of Bradford’s attempts at Atlanta.
Take note of how gingerly Bradford treats his left leg. He never really straightens it, plants it and steps into his passes. As a result many of his passes tend to wobble and lack zip, while other passes tend to overshoot the receiver, and still other passes seem to “float” and allow defenders to close in on them. (This is similar to what we saw from Nick Foles throwing off his back foot last year.) Check out his delivery. He’s torqueing his waist on many throws to compensate for what he’s missing due to not stepping into his passes. As a result the ball tends to “spray” out of bounds instead of being a frozen rope.
But don’t take my word for it. Take 7 minutes and look at what Bradford himself shows you. Don’t be convinced by what I say. Be convinced by what your own eyes see.
Now that you’ve seen it, you’ll never be able to miss it on any QB. (You’re officially a more knowledgeable fan and therefore a better fan now.) During the game against the Cowboys Bradford’s delivery was jumping off my screen so much that I wanted to scream. However, that’s fixable with coaching as long as the player still has heart. Then came the moment that said Bradford was over.
Before cadence was being called, C Jason Kelce snapped the ball (for some reason) to Bradford who was (for some reason) not paying attention to where he was. The ball hit Bradford in the chest and tumbled to the ground. As a football player your first instinct is to fall on the ball, but Bradford didn’t. Instead he bent at the waist and groped a bit for it, keeping his knees out of the scrum. It was a total lack of commitment, courage, situational awareness, and football IQ.
If his teammates haven’t seen that yet, they soon will. It begs the questions: How do you follow a leader with no heart? How much commitment do you give to a leader who is only partly committed to his unit? By Wednesday the Eagles players (to a man) will be asking this question every time they line up with Bradford. They’ll deny it publicly, but if you’ve ever had to put your ass on the line for or with someone else, you know they’ll be asking that question.
That means he’s done here. If he’s done here, chances are excellent that he’s done everywhere else. Sam Bradford is done as a viable NFL starting QB. Over the next few weeks the Eagles will likely fix the problems surrounding him, and he’ll begin to look better; but we’ve already seen who he is (both here and St. Louis).Why mortgage the future on a guy one a one year deal, when it’s clear he’s not the answer? Admit the mistake and correct it while we still have 14 games left.